Reboot Charlotte: Charlotte Medical Schools
CHARLOTTE, NC - Charlotte is the largest city in the United States with out a full blown medical school. New research shows that in the next four years the need for physicians across the United States will increase by 15 percent.
Charlotte may be best known for banking but there's been a huge push to diversify. Experts say a medical school would Reboot Charlotte by adding close to two billion dollars a year to the Queen City's economy.
Pharmaceutical and device companies typically flock to cities with med schools. Even non-medical businesses have a reputation for doing the same. As baby boomers get older, more healthcare is required; meaning the demand is going up.
Chief Educator of Carolina's Medical Center, Dr. James McDeavitt says having a regional campus for UNC-Chapel Hill is already doing wonders for Charlotte. The regional campus trains third and fourth year students. It's been open for a year now. McDeavitt says they are already recruiting the best of the best medical students from across the country.
Presbyterian Hospital's, Dr. Richard Reiling says that's not good enough because the young people who are trained in Chapel Hill will align with the research triangle and find jobs there rather than in Charlotte. Reiling is the Vice President and Medical Director for the Cancer Center at Presbyterian Hospital. He is a long time educator.
Both reps from Presbyterian and CMC can see the potential for a partnership with UNC-Charlotte for a future medical school.
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